India vs New Zealand: the invincible India will see a rare bleached 5-0 in the final T20I
MOUNTAIN. MAUNGANUI (NEW ZEALAND): Invincible so far, India will see a rare 5-0 laundering against a bruised and battered New Zealand in the final of the International T20 here on Sunday.
New Zealand has never lost all games in a bilateral T20I series (three or more games) at home.
Since 2005, they have only lost all games in a bilateral T20I series at home, down 2-0 to England in February 2008.
While this puts India in a unique position in the future, they will remain in fifth place in the ICC T20I ranking behind Pakistan, Australia, England and South Africa.
However, India will have its mind set elsewhere, particularly the experimentation cycle before the T20 World Cup in Australia. The fourth T20I was a step in that direction, but mostly it was nothing with the likes of Sanju Samson & Shivam dube wasting your opportunities.
Samson has been promoted up the order in his limited opportunities against both Sri Lanka & New Zealand , & has been dismissed while attacking the bowling.
The team management would want him to show more patience, while backing him to come good once again. In the meantime, Dube has lacked footwork against both spinners & pacers.
Elsewhere, with Manish Pandey confirming the number six spot, Shreyas Iyer could be promoted to number three. The most important question is about the place of the goalkeeper-batter.
Since the Australian series at home, K L Rahul has played with a greater workload in that role. Pre-series, pattern virat Kohli had more or less confirmed that Rahul would continue to keep in the ensuing three-ODI series. While he has been in great form, the team management could afford to rest him & bring in Rishabh Pant.
There is incentive to do so, for this fifth & final game of this series is the last T20I India will play in the current 2019-2020 season. In the shortest format, there is only the India n Premier League to look forward to in two months' time, & the next T20I series – against Sri Lanka later in the summer – is quite far away.
Meanwhile, Pant has been put on the bench since he suffered a concussion in the first ODI against Australia in Mumbai. While he has fully recovered, his place in the first option playing eleven has disappeared. In fact, its status in the current scheme of things is much worse.
In the Westpac Stadium, Rohit Sharma was rested to create an additional space in the batting line-up. Logic dictates that Kohli will take Sunday off & Rohit could lead instead, thus continuing with the one additional batting spot.
In the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah could rest with Mohammed Shami returning to maintain the three-step theory.
In the meantime, Kane Williamson He is expected to be fit for the crash, after he was lost in Wellington due to a discomfort in his left shoulder. The management of the Black Caps team was confident in their recovery even on Friday.
The hosts will have greater concern over their lack of finishing though, after squandering two last over winning positions in two consecutive games, & the series along with.
Whether the Kiwis can recover mentally & beat an India n side that is flying high on confidence & momentum, could eventually have a bearing on the ODI series as well.
India : virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson , Shreyas Iyer, Shivam dube , Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar.
New Zealand : Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Tom Bruce, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Hamish Bennett, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner.
The game starts at: 12.30 p.m. IST .